August 23, 2017 – AMG officially broke ground for the new project: Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement and Stadium Renovation Project. AMG was awarded the $29M project by Santa Barbara Unified School District on July 25, 2017. The award comes as a result of two bonds approved by voters last November.
The Peabody project, designed by KBZ Architects, will be an update to the nearly century-old stadium at Santa Barbara High School. The 40-acre campus was built in 1924, making it the third oldest high school in California. Since the current grandstand does not meet today’s building or accessibility codes, the major renovation will include a new 2,300-seat concrete grandstand, with a classroom, team room, weight room and press box; a synthetic surface track, which meets California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) standards, to replace the current asphalt track—one of the last in California; a combination football, soccer and lacrosse field with artificial turf; directional and shielded stadium lights; sound amplification system; a major storm water drainage system; and site underground utilities upgrades. The project is to serve not only the high school students, but also the surrounding community as a resource for exercise, family play time, and sports groups. Completion is slated for the spring of 2019.
The addition of this project puts AMG’s work in progress and total backlog to just under $100M. This coincides with company president Albert Giacomazzi’s projection of a 40% company revenue increase from 2016 to 2017, which dovetails the 134% three-year average growth that caused AMG to be recognized on Inc. 5000’s 2016 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.